STORY-LINE THE VENGEFUL GROOM BY MISTY SHAE:
In The Vengeful Groom we find Thomas Engelberg and Caroline Saget. Caroline, daughter to Ryan Saget, who ruined many fine men and their businesses with his dishonest business deals. Having nothing but mean and rude comments for Carolina when he’s not ignoring her, he’s a sad excuse for a father. Caroline seeks a way out of her torment. Placing a mail order bride ad, she wants to go west.
Thomas Engelberg father’s one of the men Saget ruined. Seeking vengeance, he answers Caroline’s mail order bride ad; saying all the things she needs to hear, he can not wait to begin his revenge against Saget by using Caroline. The proverb states, “He who seeks vengeance must dig two graves one for his enemy & one for himself.” After marrying Caroline and making her life hell, Thomas will find this proverb true. Will these two ever come together in love and happiness? Can Caroline’s love for Thomas and faith in God change Thomas for the better? Will she ever be able to forgive his horrendous treatment of her? My romance book review of The Vengeful Groom follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
Oh my, what a short story Shae created. Although short stories and novellas can not develop the characters or story-line in the depth of the their parent, the novel, Shae packed this short story with emotion. I felt so sorry for Caroline I almost cried. Living a life of subjugation, discouragement, and belittling, she thought she had found her knight in shining armor. However, Caroline finds continuation of her earlier life. Carolina never lost her faith in God’s goodness; praying for Thomas daily. Hoping for her happy ever after dream to come true.